Say what you want, but there are few, if any, exercises that are better for your body than squats.
Sure, they target the lower body, but they require that a multitude of muscles work together to complete the movement, making squats a compound exercise. Plus, when it comes to the lower body, you really can’t argue with the benefits of making squats a regular part of your workout routine.
That’s why I decided to make today’s blog post all about squats. I’ll start with a few of the best benefits of the exercise & then give a brief explanation of how to do them the right way (to maximize their effectiveness & reduce the risk of injury).
Why Squats Are Important
If squats are not a part of your regular workout, then you need to make them a part of your regular workout. They simply have just so many benefits.
Here are a few reasons that squats are such a fantastic exercise:
- Full Body Exercise: Squats are great because they help build muscle in your entire body. Naturally, they build up your legs (quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, etc), but they also release testosterone & human growth hormone to improve muscle growth & muscle mass throughout your entire body. So, at the end of the day, they help promote lower & upper muscle growth.
- Functional: Squats are one of the best functional exercises. These help make real-life activities easier instead of simply making you better at operating gym equipment.
- Burn Fat: If you have done squats before, then you know that they are intense. In fact, they are one of the most time-effective ways to burn more calories & fat!
- Mobility & Balance: Squatting is about more than just gaining muscle. The exercise also focuses on building/maintaining mobility & balance. In addition to increasing balance in your legs, they promote core strength & improve coordination between your brain & different muscle groups.
Proper Form for Squats
Using the proper form is essential when performing squats. If not done correctly, they can place undue stress on certain parts of your body (such as your knees). I’ve given you a few tips below that will help you perform squats right. However, there is no substitute to getting tips & advice from a Personal Trainer in person.
My best tips for the proper squat include:
- Warm up before you start.
- Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
- Keep your back in a neutral position.
- Keep your knees centered over your feet.
- Bend your knees, hips, & ankles slowly until you reach a 90-degree angle.
- Slowly return to your starting position.
- Breathe in as you lower your body & out as you return to your starting position.
Start Doing Squats!
Now that you know the benefits of doing squats & how to do them what is stopping you from adding them to your workout routine? Nothing should be!